Peter Jacobus Van Melle Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Van Melle, Peter Jacobus, 1891-1953.
Title: Peter Jacobus Van Melle Papers (PP)
Dates: ca. 1920-1941
Abstract: Collection contains handwritten notes and correspondence related to a variety of horticulture issues.
Quantity: 1.3 linear feet; 1 box.
Call Phrase: Peter Jacoubus Van Melle (PP)

Biography of Peter Jacobus van Melle

Peter Jacobus van Melle was born in Nijkerk, Nederland on June 11 1891 and died in Poughkeepsie, New York, December 7, 1953. Van Melle helped organize the New York State Nurserymen's Association, was its first official secretary and wrote its first by-laws and constitution. He also served as the association's delegate with the American Association of Nurserymen.

Van Melle was a prolific author on a range of horticulture subjects, including plant materials and nomenclature. Many of his articles appeared in a variety of journals, including Horticulture News Series, Home Garden, Flower Grower's Monthly, and Gardener's Chronicle of America. Van Melle also authored several books and personal appraisal's of plants. His published books include Shrubs and Trees for the Small Place, The Red Book of Trees: A Guide to the Cedars (1948), and Review of Juniperus chinensis.

Scope and Content

Van Melle wrote extensively on gardening and horticultural nomenclature. Papers include Van Melle's notes on junipers, conifers, bulbs, and other plants. Also included in this collection is correspondence on miscellaneous botanical topics. Institutional correspondents include Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, California; University of California, College of Agriculture; the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG); Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Topics include a proposal to create a horticulture encyclopedia, presented to William Jacob Robbins of NYBG. A commentary on the works of Philip Franz Von Siebold, annotated, with related notes is included as well.


The collection is organized into two series:
Series 1: Horticultural Notes
Series 2: Correspondence


Access restrictions

This collection is open for research with permission from Mertz Library staff.


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be submitted in writing to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Robbins, William Jacob, 1890-
Van Melle, Peter Jacobus, 1891-1953.
Nursery growers--United States--History.
New York State Nuresrymen's Association.
University of California (System). College of Agriculture.
Document Types
letters. correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Peter Jacobus Van Melle (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

Collection was transferred to the library in February 1980.

Processing Information

Processed April 2005 by Kathleene Konkle under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-50678-04.

Container List


Series 1. Horticultural Notes.

Scope and Content:

Handwritten notes, notebooks, and commentary on horticulture subjects including Dianthus, Cymbalaria, and Lycoris. All items are undated.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Allium and Anemone n.d.
1.2 Campanolla n.d.
1.3 Commentary on the works of Philipp Franz von Siebold n.d.
1.4 Conifers n.d.
1.5 Cymbalaria n.d.
1.6 Dianthus n.d.
1.7 Iris and Gentiana n.d.
1.8 Juniperifolia and Sasifragaceae n.d.
1.9 Juniperus (#1) n.d.
1.10 Juniperus (#2) n.d.
1.11 Juniperus (#3) n.d.
1.12 Lycoris, Muehlenbeckia, Asturiensis n.d.
1.13 Sabina (#1) n.d.
1.14 Sabina (#2) n.d.
1.15 Thalictrum Veronica n.d.
1.16 Elie Abel Carriere, Traite General des Conifers n.d.
1.17 Miscellaneous Notes (#1) n.d.
1.18 Miscellaneous Notes (#2) n.d.
1.19 Miscellaneous Notes (#3) n.d.

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Series 2. Correspondence.

Scope and Content:

Incoming and outgoing correspondence on the definition and use of the word "clon" by Dr. Herbert J. Webber at the Citrus Experiment Station and an outgoing letter of proposal for a horticulture encyclopedia to William J. Robbins.

Folder Title Date
1.20 Miscellaneous 1932/1941
1.21 William J. Robbins, (re: Horticulture Encyclopedia proposal) 1941

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